Battlefield 2042's DICE wants to use the cloud to do insane things

DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson teases huge Battlefield AI, graphics, and physics breakthroughs using cloud technology.

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Published Thu, Jul 8 2021 2:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Aug 6 2021 3:35 AM CDT

The next Battlefield game after Battlefield 2042 could leverage high-end supercomputers to massively accelerate game physics, visual fidelity, and other core features.

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What does the future look like for DICE"s first-person shooters? Cloud tech could significantly change the Battlefield franchise--at least that's what DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson thinks.

"Cloud computing really has changed a bunch of other industries and gaming has kind of barely touched on it. So if you think of a game like Battlefield, we have things like AI in the game now, destruction, actually procedural level creation, and the next-gen consoles are super powerful, but if we move much of that logic out to the cloud servers we could do some really high-scale computing we haven't really been able to do in the past. Destruction, visual fidelity," Gabrielson said in a recent EA stream.

"And I think it's just a couple years away and then you'll see some pretty cool shooters out there I'd imagine. But we'll see. Soon, trademark."

The truth is that Battlefield 2042 already leverages cloud technology. The game is online-only and is driven by new AI advancements developed by EA's internal SEED R&D department, not to mention the new server optimizations that make 128-player battles possible.

Next-gen console tech allows for more compute power with the AMD RDNA 2/Zen 2 SoCs, but the cloud offers access to ultra-powerful supercomputers that can process an incredible amount of data, including complex machine learning algorithms that help upscale resolution and in-game physics systems--even Microsoft's Project xCloud servers have blades using multiple Xbox Series X SoCs in tandem.

This is particularly exciting because both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X can support machine learning.

The supercomputers train the data, and then the consoles use that data in a process called inference. Sony's AI division is working closely with its first-party teams to optimize the PS5's ML capabilities, and Insomniac Games has already used ML in Spider-Man Miles Morales.

Microsoft, on the other hand, is developing its own machine learning algorithms called DirectML to help upscale resolution, offering developers another DirectX 12-powered alternative to DLSS or AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution tech. The Xbox Series X/S consoles support 8-bit and 4-bit integer operations for machine learning inference, which isn't a lot compared to dedicated next-gen graphics cards, but it's still enough to help push the bar for cloud console gaming experiences.

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Battlefield 2042 releases October 22, 2021 on PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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Here's what EA has to say about the three multiplayer modes:

  • All-Out Warfare - the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and for the first time, up to 128 players*. Experience the intensity of All-Out Warfare in large-scale battles like never before on maps filled with dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards, and spectacular world events that see tornadoes rip across the map and sandstorms block out the sun. Conquest and Breakthrough have never looked or played better than in Battlefield 2042. Battle across land, air, and sea in frantic 128-player* fights.
  • CONQUEST - Battlefield's massive, iconic sandbox mode returns - this time supporting 128 players on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5, and PC. The maps have been specifically designed for this vast scale, with action divided into "clusters" of various kinds. Also, the action now centers around sectors consisting of several flags instead of individual control points.
  • BREAKTHROUGH - The return of Breakthrough sees two teams - Attackers and Defenders - battle over larger-scale sectors as the Attackers push towards the final objective. Each sector is designed to house a larger number of players, enabling more strategic choice and more flanking opportunities. Approach the capture areas from multiple locations and take advantage of more types of tactical possibilities.
  • Hazard Zone - an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE but very different from All-Out Warfare's Conquest or Breakthrough modes. Hazard Zone is a tense experience that combines edge-of-your-seat gameplay with the best of the Battlefield sandbox.
  • TO BE ANNOUNCED - the third experience, being developed by DICE LA, is another exciting new game-type for the franchise. This experience is a love letter to Battlefield fans and one that long-time players will feel right at home with. Tune-in to EA Play Live on July 22 for all the details.

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and DICE today announced Battlefield 2042, a groundbreaking first-person shooter set to revolutionize the modern multiplayer sandbox. Powered by cutting-edge technology that pushes the capabilities of next generation hardware, the game drops players into a near-future, all-out-war experience that includes the franchise's hallmark, game-changing destruction. Featuring matches filled with up to 128 players on the latest consoles* and PCs, this unprecedented scale adds a new dimension to multiplayer battles. Battlefield 2042also ups the action with the inclusion of real-time events that reshape the battlefield and tactical combat. All-new weapons, vehicles, and gadgets give players the freedom to be strategic and create jaw-dropping, only-in-Battlefield moments.

In Battlefield 2042, the world is on the brink. Shortages of food, energy, and clean water have led to dozens of failed nations, creating the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Among these Non-Patriated, or No-Pats, are families, farmers, engineers - and even soldiers. Amidst this crisis, the United States and Russia draw the world into an all-out war. No-Pat Specialists join both sides, not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.

Players will jump into the boots of Specialists, an all-new type of playable soldier for the franchise. Inspired by the traditional four Battlefield classes, Specialists will be equipped with their own unique Specialist Trait and Specialty, and will have fully customizable loadouts. As a Specialist, players will have access to a cutting-edge arsenal of weapons, equipment, and vehicles to use in battle. These powerful new tools give creative players a wealth of options as they find the perfect combination to fit their play style and outsmart and outgun opponents on the battlefield.

"Battlefield 2042 is an evolution of the franchise and embraces what our players want - the ultimate Battlefield multiplayer sandbox with intense combat and a ton of incredible, unexpected events,"said Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of DICE.

"All of us across DICE in Stockholm, DICE LA, Criterion, and EA Gothenburg have had so much fun developing this game and now it's time to let players jump in. What they'll find is that we've built three distinct, absolutely epic experiences that we think they'll love."

The biggest, most ambitious title in the franchise, Battlefield 2042includes:

All-Out Warfare - the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and for the first time, up to 128 players*. Experience the intensity of All-Out Warfare in large-scale battles like never before on maps filled with dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards, and spectacular world events that see tornadoes rip across the map and sandstorms block out the sun.

Hazard Zone - an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE but very different from All-Out Warfare's Conquest or Breakthrough modes.

TO BE ANNOUNCED - the third experience, being developed by DICE LA, is another exciting new game-type for the franchise. This experience is a love letter to Battlefield fans and one that long-time players will feel right at home with. Tune-in to EA Play Live on July 22 for all the details.

Battlefield 2042 is available now for pre-order and is set to launch on retail and digital storefronts on October 22 for $59.99 on Xbox® One, PlayStation®4, and PC, and $69.99 on Xbox® Series X and S and PlayStation®5. EA Play members get a 10-hour trial starting Oct 15, 2021. EA Play members and players who pre-order will receive early access to the Open Beta**. Players who pre-order have three different editions to choose from, including the Battlefield 2042Gold Edition for $89.99 on PC and $99.99 on console, or the Battlefield 2042Ultimate Edition for $109.99 on PC or $119.99 on console.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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